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Community

Holiday events publicized in Nov. 17 edition

NORTH LIBERTY– Advertise your holiday happenings.
The Solon Economist and North Liberty Leader, in cooperation with the other newspapers in the West Branch Communication chain, will publish a regional list of holiday events in the Nov. 17 edition.

Swisher fall block party Nov. 5

SWISHER– Join downtown Swisher businesses for several grand openings and a fall block party Saturday, Nov. 5, starting at 8 a.m.
The Black Squirrel Tap and Beer Garden will open at 8 a.m. with mimosas, bloody marys and the their secret house recipe, “McNutty Mary”– named after former Hawkeye football player Marvin McNutt. Black Squirrel will also feature tastings from Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery, Lion Bridge Brewing Company and Iowa City Brewlab, as well as live music by Kevin “B. F.” Burt.

CCA Supper for “Old Folks” Nov. 5

TIFFIN– On Saturday, Nov. 5, the CCA Student Assistance Team and Interact Club hosts its annual Supper for “Older Folks.” In other words, those aged 55 or older are invited to supper. Supper for “Old Folks” will serve turkey, ham mashed potatoes and a potluck of dishes the 30 or so kids bring to share. Serving will start at 6 p.m. at the CCA High School in Tiffin. Call Mark Hovey, Advisor CCA High School SAT/Interact, at 319-545-5623 for reservations.

Family Day at Iowa Raptor Project Saturday, Nov. 5

SOLON– The Iowa Raptor Project invites the public to the November Family Day featuring the Peregrine Falcon, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Visitors will learn about the history of falconry and hunting with the Peregrine Falcon. The Raptor’s Nest will be open with arts and crafts and activities for kids. There will be staff and volunteers available to answer any questions.
The Raptor Center currently displays over 20 unreleasable birds of prey historically found in Iowa and is located within the Macbride Nature Recreation Area, 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, Solon.

Swisher Auxiliary Annual Turkey Homemade Turkey Dinner Saturday, Nov. 5

SWISHER– On Saturday, Nov. 5, from 4:30-7:30 p.m., the Swisher Auxiliary hosts its Annual Homemade Turkey Dinner. Adult meals cost $10 and kids meals are $5. The Junior Auxiliary will host Turkey bingo upstairs through dinner. Bingo cost is $1 per game with winners receiving a turkey to take home. Arts and crafts will be offered for children attending the event during bingo.

Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club Thanksgiving Banquet Nov. 5

WESTERN– The Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club will host its Thanksgiving Banquet Saturday, Nov. 5, at the clubhouse,11808 Club Rd., in Western. Social hour starts at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6 p.m. A fundraising auction will follow the meal. Turkeys will be roasted and ready in the clubhouse. Bring a side to share, and items for the auction. Contact Toby at 319-270-4235 for more information.

Sidewalk closure at Quail Ridge Park beginning Nov. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– Beginning Nov. 1, the northern sidewalk on Zeller Street, in front of Quail Ridge Park, will close as work starts on water system improvements. The work in Quail Ridge Park includes adding two wells and a control building.
The city will host an open house with the contractor, Gingerich Well and Pump Service, project engineers FOX Engineering and city representatives to provide additional information and answer questions about the project. The open house will be Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the North Liberty Community Library, 520 W. Cherry St.

Police department releases results of 2016 community survey

NORTH LIBERTY– The results of a North Liberty Police Department survey, which launched Aug. 22 and concluded Sept. 30, are now available.

Veterans Day lunch at the library Nov. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– Veterans and guests/family are invited to attend the North Liberty Community Library’s second Veterans Day Appreciation at the North Liberty Community Library. This year the library staff is offering a lunch and presentation by retired National Guardsman Dave Lewis on Friday, Nov. 11, at 11:30 a.m. in the library.
“Our mission is to be a community gathering place and we’re pleased to host this event to honor and recognize the veterans and service members in our community,” said Adult Services Librarian Elaine Hayes.

Developers unveil plan for St. Mary auditorium

Commercial, residential mix planned for former church building

SOLON– There may be a new use on the horizon for an old Solon building.
The former St. Mary auditorium and an adjoining property were the subject of a mixed-use concept plan before the members of the Solon City Council Oct. 19.
Prairie Equity Group, LLC, of Iowa City, is proposing to renovate the 1915 building into commercial storefronts and 16 upper-level condominiums, with the conversion of a separate lot into a gated parking area.

Women aim to revitalize Swisher

Downtown business owners uniting for Nov. 5 block party

SWISHER– The namesake of the rebranded bar in downtown Swisher is no doubt obvious to current residents, but the stories behind the “Main Street” boutiques may only be familiar to natives.
Rebekah Neuendorf, co-owner of Black Squirrel Tap & Beer Garden, open since August at the old Shooter’s locale, said choosing the bar’s name was fairly straightforward.
“Everybody who comes into town notices the black squirrels,” she said. “For the local people, they know they’re here. It kind of becomes a cool story and good talking point.”

Silent auction to support SMS teacher Roger Thompson Nov. 2

SOLON– Solon Middle School staff are holding a silent auction to support teacher Roger Thompson, recently diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. The silent auction will be Nov. 2 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and Nov. 3 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria.
Auction items include handmade quilts, four tickets to Solon High School’s winter musical, gift cards from local restaurants and businesses, a signed Iowa football, baked goods, two tickets to the Iowa-Nebraska football game, gift baskets and much, much more.